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Exclusive – who is responsible for Shireen Abu Akleh’s death?



A Reporter says it appears that the ammunition that killed her belongs to an M16 gun

A Veteran Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, has been shot dead while covering an Israeli army raid on a refugee camp in the West Bank. 

Who shot Abu Akleh?

There have been conflicting reports as to whether the Israeli army or Palestinian gunmen are responsible for the shooting.

Israel’s military’s Chief of Staff says it’s not yet determined which direction she was shot from, and has promised an investigation.

The Palestinian side is currently conducting an investigation to discover who is responsible for the 51-year-old’s death.

According to Middle East Reporter Adi Koplewitz, who has covered news in Israel, the west bank and the wider middle east, the type of ammunition will reveal who will be held accountable for this tragedy.

“It seems that the ammunition belongs to an M16 gun.”

He tells ticker news.

However, that does not provide a lot of information on who is responsible, as this is the most common gun used by both Palestinian militants and the Israeli military in these areas.

“So right now, it’s hard to tell if there ever will be a final concrete answer to who actually shot that bullet,” he says.

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What does this mean for journalists on the ground in these areas?

Koplewitz says this event will deter journalists from arriving at these friction points in the future.

“The realisation of something like that happening to someone so professional, who has worked for so many years in dangerous zones is definitely shaking for journalists,” he says.

“But at the end of the day, this is where we belong and this is where we should be on the ground.”

Since Shireen Adi Koplewitz was wearing her full media vest, is it possible she was a target?

According to Koplewitz, it’s hard to believe that both Palestinians and the Israeli military would target a journalist on purpose.

“Even if it’s just for the cynical perspective of realising how bad the PR would be for both sides,”

he says.
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Will Abu Akleh’s death lead to further unrest between Palestinians and Israelis?

Koplewitz says that there’s been a rise in tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in the last few weeks, these are very difficult times and they are seeing more casualties on both sides taking place.

“[The funeral] is going to be a very big event and we know that similar funerals of casualties from the Palestinian side have many times being the beginning of another escalation, as emotions are obviously very high,” he says.

“All that is needed for a complete flare up is one spark and that spark could definitely be taking place tomorrow at the funeral here in Jerusalem.”

Abu Akleh’s field producer was also shot and remains in a stable condition.

Eyewitnesses say the journalists were shot by Israeli troops and that there were no Palestinian militants anywhere near the journalists that would prompt such an attack.

Protestors gathered on the streets to condemn the shooting.

Savannah Pocock contributed to the report.

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help



Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology

‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.

Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.

He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.

Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”

The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.

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